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Although officially retired since 1978, teacher, artisan, and social advocate Zulphiakhon Bakhriddinova is far from inactive. In 1950, Zulphiakhon earned her degree in History from the Kirov Pedagogical Institute and went on to teach and administrate schools for over 20 years. She also chaired and served on the management committee of the Artists' Union of Leninabad for over 30 years.

Zulphiakhon joined the Artists' Union of Tajikistan in 1957. She was named "National Artist of Tajikistan" in 1974, and received the Abduabdullo Rudaki national prize in 1978. Her works can be seen in Khujandi and other Tajik cities, as well as abroad in private collections.

Today, Zulphiakhon actively participates in conferences and forums in the Sogdi Oblast and throughout Tajikistan concerning the development of small businesses for artisans, especially women. As the head trainer at the Zulphiakhon Bakhriddinova School of Apprenticeship, Zulphiakhon plays a leading role in teaching poor women ancient Tajik craft traditions to create new sources of income.


5 Proletarskaya Street

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SUZANI (Embroidery), Silk on cotton, 180x250 cm, 1985


National Museum of Art,  Project "Art of Silk Road" 2002

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